If you have a soda habit, you may be harming your teeth. Here are the consequences that excessive soda consumption can have for your smile.
Soda has a significant amount of sugar, and any sweet food or beverage can provide a nutrient source for the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, patients with a soda addiction are more likely to develop cavities that must be restored by a dentist.
The sugar isn’t the only problem with soda. These beverages are also highly acidic – even diet soda. Any acidic substances that you eat or drink can erode your enamel, weakening your teeth and making them more susceptible to decay.
You don’t have to eliminate soda from your diet entirely. Just cut back, and when you do drink soda, use a straw so that the liquid doesn’t come into contact with your teeth. Rinsing your mouth with water after your drink can also help to limit the amount of harm that the sugar and acid can do to your teeth.
Don’t brush too soon after drinking soda, however. The enamel can be weaker immediately after you drink a sugary beverage, and brushing too soon can actually do more harm than good. Try to choose only water close to bedtime, as sugar from soda and even fruit juices can linger longer while you are asleep.
Of course, limiting your soda intake is just one step in an overall plan to protect your smile. You must also brush twice each day and floss daily. You also need to see your dentist at least twice a year for professional cleanings and routine exams.
Excessive soda consumption can be hazardous to your oral health. Switch to water most of the time to save your smile. You should save sodas for occasional drinks.
If it’s time to schedule your next appointment, contact Fresh Leaf Dental at 714-838-8050.